A FOURTH! benefit for Safeground is coming up January 17th, 2014 and like past benefits at Luna’s it is going to be a really fun and an enlightening event! At the last show, November 15th, we had a packed house and great performances by Sal Valentino, Hans Eberbach, Brittany Vanessa, Jackie Carroll, guest speaker, Steve Watters and a debut performance of a really COOL Sacramento hippie band called the Sad Juicees. Members of the band work at WIND, which provides homeless services to homeless youth. Civil rights attorney and co- founder of Safeground, Mark Merin, spoke at length about the history of how we got to where we are with extreme poverty in the United States and why we need to help the homeless. We made over $600 in donations which went to Safeground and SHOC (Sacramento Housing Organizing Committee) . This is an all ages event and the donation at the door is $7/sliding scale.
WHO IS PERFORMING?
On the bill of our upcoming show are the following performers: the very talented Carly Duhain, dubbed the new Janis Joplin, Joe Kye, a Yale educated guitar, violin and voice virtuoso, the always entertaining guitar and kalimba musician/singer, Marty Taters, G.p Bailey, who sings songs from his two albums about the homeless, host Jenn Rogar with special guest Steven Payan from the very popular and longtime Sacramento hip hop group Mentes Differentes. Also performing again is the great Sal Valentino of Beau Brummels and Stoneground fame, the very talented Darin Bradford and Wasteland and the beautiful and beyond melodic Sandra Delores who, according to Sal “can sing the phone book.” All proceeds will go to Safeground and SHOC. Money is being raised for Safeground to help build the future Safeground community of 80 cabins on 21/2 acres for the homeless. “We are very close”, says, Executive Director of Safeground, Steve Watters. These concerts help bring awareness and hopefully new activists who want to get involved in the struggle for the homeless and the poor.
To learn more about the artists performing you can visit their websites:
https://www.facebook.com/thecarlyduhainband Carly DuHain
http://soundcloud.com/darinbradfordmusic, also http://manikinartists.com/ Darin Bradford
http://www.sandradolores.com/ Sandra Delores
https://www.facebook.com/joekyemusic Joe Kye
http://www.digmusic.com/artists/artists_salvalentino.html Sal Valentino
http://www.mentes-diferentes.com/ Steven Payan
http://www.reverbnation.com/martytaters Marty Taters
http://www.reverbnation.com/gpbailey G.p. Bailey
http://jennrogar.com/ Jenn Rogar
WHO ARE SAFEGROUND AND SHOC?
To learn more about Safeground and how you can help go to www.SafeGroundSac.org . SHOC is a member of the Sacramento Housing Alliance and is a voice for the Sacramento homeless community since 1997 by publishing the Homeward Street Journal. Homeless persons sell the newspaper for $1 at various locations around Sacramento and it is also available by subscription. Buy a paper and learn about the issues of homelessness in Sacramento and all over the country. SHOC has an office located inside Loaves and Fishes and can be reached at (916) 442-2156, firstname.lastname@example.org and on the web at www.homeward.wikispaces.com
SPECIAL THANK YOU’S
I have been so blessed with so many of Sacramento’s finest singer-songwriters and musicians who have asked or agreed to perform and donate their wonderful talent to helping bring awareness to homelessness in Sacramento and funds for Safeground and SHOC. I went to Art Luna about the idea, not long after the Safeground Sacramento Stakedown on May 1-8 and asked about doing the concerts there. At our very first concert, on June 15, 2013 we had JD Valerio, James Israel, G.p Bailey, myself and Patrick Grizzell. At the second benefit on Sept 20th, 2013 we had Gary Weinberg, Gene Smith Lives!, with Kristine David and Nick Embly, the Jackie Carroll Jazz Trio, Marty Taters, John Malcolm, guest speaker Steve Watters, Executive Director of Safeground, and Darin Bradford. Thank you!! to all who have performed so far! Your talented and beautiful people! Thank you Art Luna and see you there at the next Safeground benefit on January 17th! Join the event on facebook and tell a friend! If you want to be part of the street team to get posters/flyers out and online promoting please contact me at email@example.com on facebook at www.facebook.com/jennrogar or call me at (916) 856-6305